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Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a superb game in almost every way. As a video gamer new to the franchise, I can now fully understand the reasons behind the tremendous popularity of the Tomb Raider series and the fervor of its fan base. The extent of my previous experience with the internationally celebrated Lara Croft amounted to about 20 minutes of game play on a roommate's Playstation back in the year 2000. Thus, I had not been truly prepared for how fantastic a journey I would embark upon in Tomb Raider: Anniversary for PC on sale from Steam.
Artistically, the four geographic settings are vibrant, colorful, and immersive. Coupled with the wonderful music score, the sense of depth and immersion allows you to get lost in the game play and fully embrace the Lara Croft character and her story. Architectural designs are fun, pleasing, and accurate to their respective time periods and cultures.
Compared to other games, inventory control and weapon selection are perfectly adequate and simple without being unnecessarily clunky or unwieldly. The same can be said of the combat and avatar movement controls. This simplicity was a refreshing change for a gamer such as myself who has played much of the Assassin's Creed series and finds much of the combat and movement controls, as well as the overabundance of weapons, mostly superfluous.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary was a sincere challenge for me, and I found this splendidly refreshing in a sad era of dumbed-down video games, crafted with constant hand-holding, slap-in-the-face obviousness, and/or effortless boss fights. Level puzzles in TR:A required strategy and (oftentimes) foresight with a healthy dose of trial and error in their completion. Pathing through the map required keen observation and a healthy (and often fatal) dose of trial and error as well. Most combat engagements were harrowing (especially toward the end) and boss fights required a combination of skill, attentiveness, and diligence. I cannot remember the last time a video game made my palms sweat as profusely as this title.
On the downside, I cannot remember the last time a video game spiked my blood pressure to such unhealthy levels either. Three to four level sections were downright diabolical, if not cruel in the difficulty scale. Even with the help of a walkthrough as a guide, some spots took me HOURS to complete. Once or twice this was due to poor checkpoint (save) placement or miscommunicated controls ("Jump LEFT Lara! Not backward into the bubbling sea of LAVA! GAHHHH!!"). But mostly it was due to timed climbing runs with way too little time and way too many stages of jumps and maneuvers, sometimes intermixed with combat. Two boss fights in particular were frustrating to complete, even with guide help and when doing everything correctly.
Lastly, I was disappointed in the implementation of a few extraeneous game elements. Gradually unlocked outfits for Lara could not be worn during the first play-through of the game. The Croft Manor side-mission was especially enjoyable for me, but any progress could not be saved on the PC version, even after level completion. It had to be solved on one go, and then the level reset itself upon future visits. Admittedly, these cons are largely nit-picky, but I see no logical reason why the developers implemented these (otherwise fun) elements this way.
Overall, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a phenomenal video gaming experience offering MANY immersive and challenging hours of fun and thrills. It's a true bargain at $10 or less, and was a sinful steal for me for under $2 bundled with the Tomb Raider Reboot.